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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:17pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

With game shows you might have to look for reg'd trademarks and patents, etc as the intellectual property in a game show is different to other programs.

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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:20pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

Considering the basic premise was used, note-for-note, by other game shows of the 60's/70's, produced by other companies, I doubt it could be patented. Unless you can patent something 20 years after release.....

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:26pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

Is this the "Password" that ran from 61-67 on CBS and then from 71-75 on ABC? Or is it a different Password. The one I am thinking of was hosted by Betty White's husband Alan Ludden.

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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:29pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

The one with Betty White's husband. Trust me, the premise is so over-used on many low budget programs that's it's amazing nobody got sued.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:32pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

The "Password" format is stil being used by CBS for "Million Dollar Password" so I would guess that somewhere in the massive Paramount-CBS-Viacom corporation there would be a filing cabinet with trademark paperwork on the show.

Wikipedia has a picture of the original 1960s board game which has the TM next to the title. Trademarks only die if they aren't used and someone petitions to have them struck off. As the show was ressurrected in the 70s, 80s and 90s (as Super Password and Password Plus) The TM probably still stands.

I'd err on the side of caution with that show.